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Copy Cat Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli

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Over the weekend, my husband and I took a road trip and ended up having lunch at an Olive Garden restaurant. For the first time, my hubby ordered a bowl of their Pasta e Fagioli and simply loved it. Since I am on a gluten-free diet, I decided to make my own copycat version of Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli and wow, am I glad I did! 

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pasta e fagioli

After tasting my gluten-free version of this delicious soup, I asked my husband if he thought it was a good copycat variation. He instantly said, “Yes!” (Sigh. I love that man!) So, for dinner tonight, we enjoyed a big bowl of Copy Cat Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli soup! 

pasta e fagioli

Fall is that special time of year when I break out a stock pot and whip up a batch of soup. A hot, steamy bowl of soup helps take the chill off the old bones. Plus, it’s great when the hubby and I come home from work because we can quickly heat up a couple bowls of this scrumptious goodness. That sure makes for an easy dinner any day of the week!

Copy Cat Olive Garden's Pasta e Fagioli

This Copy Cat Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli has all kinds of fantastic ingredients such as yummy veggies, tomatoes, pasta, beans, and ground beef. The flavors remind me of a combination of an Italian pasta dish and chili soup. So, so good! 

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If you are on a gluten-free diet you can easily modify this recipe and make it a totally gluten-free soup. (Perfect for all of your upcoming holiday entertaining!)



1730 cal


7 g


319 g


110 g
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Copy Cat Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli

Yields Approx. 4 quarts

A delicious and hearty soup recipe and one that can easily be made gluten-free.

30 minPrep Time

60 minCook Time

1 hr, 30 Total Time

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  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 6 oz tomato paste (GF Option: use gluten free tomato paste)
  • 1 qt tomato juice (GF Option: use gluten free juice)
  • 1 qt water or beef broth (GF Option: use gluten free beef broth)
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 cup onion
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cilantro flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oregano leaves
  • 3 tbsp parsley leaves
  • 2 tsp sweet basil leaves
  • 2 tsp tarragon leaves
  • 14 1/2 oz tomatoes, petite cut (GF Option: use gluten-free tomatoes)
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni noodles (GF Option: use gluten-free pasta)
  • 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can great northern beans (GF Option: use gluten-free beans)
  • Sour cream (GF Option: use gluten-free brand)
  • Chives
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese (GF Option: use a gluten-free brand)


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef, drain, set aside.
  2. In a stock pot, add tomato paste, tomato juice and beef broth, bring to low boil.
  3. Add carrots, celery, onion, pepper, salt, sugar, cilantro, garlic, oregano, parsley, sweet basil, tarragon and tomatoes.
  4. Cook until vegetables are tender.
  5. Add macaroni, cook until noodles are tender.
  6. Add great northern beans and ground beef. Cook until thoroughly heated.
  7. Garnish with dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of chopped chives, and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.
  8. Serve hot.


To add a little more 'kick' to this recipe, simply add a splash of hot sauce and/or more chili powder seasoning.

I have not tried making this Copy Cat Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli in the crockpot, however, I think it would work just fine. Just be sure to cook your ground beef and drain it before adding it to the other ingredients. 

Copy Cat Olive Garden's Pasta e Fagioli

Finally, to make this an even heartier meal try adding a delicious muffin alongside. 

Here’s to staying warm!

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  • Jennifer L Scott October 18, 2014, 9:13 pm
    I love everything about Olive Garden! I haven't had this soup yet because I'm vegetarian. But I know Mr. Chef would love it! Thanks for sharing. My Profile

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